We get an extra hour of wonderful sleep this weekend, as the clocks go back to bring British Summer Time to an official end. And as beauty products work best when you are asleep, make sure you make the most of them this weekend!
I love my nighttime beauty routine and I also like to vary the products I use – sometimes my skin needs a more intensive product, sometimes I like to layer, and other times I just like to treat it.
1.There’s only one name on the lips of Scottish beauty fans right now – Charlotte Tilbury, thanks to the recent launch of her first Scottish counter, at Fraser’s in Glasgow. Charlotte’s collection isn’t just makeup – she’s all about the skin with her range, and her Miracle Night Cream (£100, houseoffraser.co.uk) was four years in the making before launch. It’s a thick, balm, almost honey-like in texture, and you really do not need to use a lot (which is good, with the price in mind).
It’s packed full of all sorts of things – Winter Daphne Stem Cell Extract to help firm the skin, good old Retinol for anti-ageing, Red Algae Marigel, for smoothness and softness, BioNymph Peptide patented anti-ageing hero that may stimulate collagen production, fight free radicals, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and boost skin elasticity, and things like Vitamin E, Caster Seed Oil, and Frangipani. I am not in love with the consistency, but the reviews of this are impressive, so I will persevere!
2. I’ve been a big fan of Clinique’s Moisture Surge Overnight Mask (£30, clinique.co.uk), despite the fact that it doesn’t have a smell, and I am big fan of products that have a lovely scent. I just like the way this makes my at-times dry skin feel. It keep dry patches at bay, and since using it, I have never woken up with that ‘tight’ feeling.
3. A newcomer to my bedtime routine is the Transformulas Marine Miracle Night Repair Serum (£41.95, transformulas.co.uk). This is a powerful anti-ageing product to use underneath your night cream – so an extra bedtime beaut product. It’s rich in vitamin C & E, and improves skin tone, elasticity, plumps fine lines and wrinkles, tones and firms, and hydrates. This beauty works hard!
4. A big rival to the Clinique mask for me is Origins DrinkUp Intensive Overnight Mask (£24, origins.co.uk). This one is a BCA Month Limited Edition version, still on counter, with £4 of the purchase price going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. I love this mask, and so many of my friends do too. It is perfect in the winter months to nourish your skin. It contains Avocado and Apricot Kernel Oil for moisture, and Japanese Seaweed to help repair the skin’s moisture barrier.
5. Alpha H’s Liquid Gold (£33.50, marksandspencer.com) is a fantastic nighttime treatment. You don’t use it every night, but every other night, applying to your cleansed face, neck and décolletage, with a cotton pad. It does tingle initially, but that’s normal. Don’t layer anything else on top, just let the Liquid Gold work. This cult classic is a “no-rinse” Glycolic peel, which resurfaces and evens out the skin tone, ans it genuinely is great. It leaves you with a fresh, radiant complexion. I am constantly told my skin looks great and I do attribute part of this to using Liquid Gold.
Whatever you do with your extra hour, enjoy. I’ll be in bed with one or more of this lot on my face!